GraceLife Blog 39-Undertow 1

It’s amazing how fast words spread.  Have you ever come up with an excellent sounding catch phrase that spreads across the nation?  One day you say something brand new and cool to your friend, like ‘peace out’ and then a month later someone on television says it.  And then you’re like “wow, I totally came up with that.”  It’s really neat when that happens.

The same thing happens with philosophies, theories and principles.  Someone comes up with a philosophy about life that sounds convincing, and the next thing you know, half the nation is trying it out for themselves.  Popular philosophies can come from any walk of life.  They can be about weight loss, leadership or simply finding happiness, and most of them are generally innocent enough.  The dangerous philosophies, however, are the ones that confuse people about the nature of God and his holy will.

Saying something that isn’t true about God and his truth about life is dangerous because it causes conflict between people and God.

People believe false philosophies about God’s truth, use the philosophy in their daily lives, and then blame God for their troubles because he isn’t living up to what they believe about him.  It’s like saying “I know for sure that there is no undertow in the ocean.  I’m sure of it.  Watch and I’ll prove it.”  Then the next thing we see is that guy drifting out to sea while swearing his head off.

God created life to succeed in his way and his way only.  He defines truth.  His truth is life.  Everything else that doesn’t fit in with his truth leads to death.

How do we protect ourselves from believing false doctrine about our Lord and Savior?  Well, we can always read the Bible.  The only problem with that is the Bible is a complicated book.  That’s why there are preachers who have college degrees to help us figure it out.  But what if the preacher isn’t good at figuring out the context of the Bible, then what?  Here’s what Jesus says:

Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. (Luke 12:1-3)

In that passage, Jesus is saying that eventually lies about life will be found out.  It’s like the guy who knows for sure that there is no undertow, but then he gets dragged away by the undertow.

We, as well, will see people getting dragged down into death because they are living by philosophies contrary to God’s truth.  The good news is that God knows this world is filled with lies.  He knows it’s tough down here, and that’s why he sent the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to protect us and forgive us for living lifestyles that don’t mesh with the only truth, God’s truth.  Praise God for his kindness that leads us to repentance, because repentance leads us to life!

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  • Jacob Cowen

    This is also why we as Christians need to be careful, and informative, when explaining the Gospel and the nature of God. Sometimes we will try to give explanations that aren’t true because we either want to give some explanation, and not sound ignorant of our faith, or we might say something about God out of pride. Scripture warns us that those who teach the Gospel will be held accountable to a higher standard because we might say something that will lead others to stray from the truth. And the Epissal of James warns us to tame our tongues and seek out wisdom with Faith so we will not give a wrong explanation or if we dont have one, to just shut up instead of pulling some dodo out of our rear.